Oddly, I don't think any co-founders who contacted me cited meeting each other through religion.
It might make sense, though; you probably have some shared values. "Startup events pull in both kinds of people [technical and business-minded]," reminded Nishank Khanna, founder of Bright Journey.
Later, they ran into each other at business school at Stanford, started a chain of fitness centers and now run the U. London-based brothers Nick and Anthony von Christierson quit their finance jobs to build a parenting mobile app, but as unmarried entrepreneurs in their 20s without children, they knew they needed someone more established in the space. Jen Trachtenberg, a nationally recognized pediatrician, and convinced her to join their company, Baby Bundle, which launches next month.
Art Booppanon walked up to Nick Warnock, who had been a contestant on , after a speaking engagement.
Years later, the two have launched several products and companies, including the Wellograph wellness watch. Cofounders John Steinberg and Scott Hublou of Eco Factor met through the networking site. Chris Hulls of Life360, an app designed to help keep families connected, met his co-founder Alex Haro as the result of contacts he made at a business plan competition at the University of California, Berkeley.
Maybe even better than founder dating--why not team up with strangers and try to build a product or a company in a weekend? Co-founders Brian Estes and Nate Mc Vicker, who came up with an app for police and school emergencies called Hero911, told me they met in a Texas Hold'em tournament.
They got to know each other when they roomed together in boarding school. Zach Schau and his co-founders at Pure Fix Cycles met when they were little kids, and "couldn't imagine starting a successful business with anyone else." Switching gears, sometimes you just have to do the legwork.
Alison Johnston Rue, CEO of Insta Edu, an online tutoring marketplace, "reached out to and had drinks with dozens and dozens of engineers" before she met Joey Shurtleff, who eventually became her technical co-founder.
This is sort of the rage right now, with quite a number of founder "dating" sites, like Founder Dating, Co-Founders Lab and several others.
Louisa Eyler and Eric Jackson met on the dating site Plentyof Fish in 2009.
For example, twin brothers Sam and Andy Prochazka started Novosbed, a memory foam mattress company. I can imagine this might work differently for different people, but a few talked about starting businesses with their mothers or fathers.